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and type out the following information, which will be submitted to the Team Contract Drop Box (located in the Midterm Project folder) by Tuesday, Apr. 10th at 11:59pm. This information will make up your TEAM CONTRACT. Each person should have a copy of the file, but only ONE person on the team should be responsible for submitting it to the drop box. The person who submits the document should email the team to let them know what date and time the document was submitted to the drop box. This document should be typed in 12 point, Times New Roman font (only double space between each section) and saved as a Word document, then uploaded to the Team Contract Drop Box (located in the Midterm Project folder). You all should have all five parts included in your contract in the order listed below. Please use the headings listed below for each section of your contract. I. Develop Team Identity Teams usually have a stronger group identity than other types of small groups. Therefore, in the process of becoming a team, you all should: (Type this information out and include in your contract) Get acquainted and exchange information (email, telephone, schedules). Type out contact information. Develop and type out a mission statement for your team (your goal for the project as it pertains to your assigned chapter) II. Establish Ground Rules Make sure that as a team, you all agree upon specific rules, behaviors and expectations that you expect each team member to follow. Please type out each rule Rules may include (but not limited to) expected behaviors, what should be contributed by each person at each meeting, how long meetings will last, the number of meetings members may miss without being penalized, etc. What will be your team’s policy on, if any, absences and covering for one another if need be? What policy will you have in place to resolve any intergroup conflict that may arise? You may use me—your instructor—as a higher court of appeals (I am happy to moderate and intervene, but you will first be expected to document for me that you implemented your initial conflict resolution plans per your contract). Please note that team members who fail to contribute to the completion of all parts of the midterm project, may be
dismissed from the team and will receive a 0 on the assignment (or lose points on parts of the project that he/she did not participate in). Identify the platform(s) (Message Board, Instant messenger, email, telephone, face-2-face, Google documents, etc.) you will use to communicate. Face-2-Face meetings are not required but are encouraged to get acquainted and/or accomplish tasks. III. Identify Roles Although some roles (task, maintenance, individual) are often times informally assumed, it is important to assign formal (or official) roles to each team member so that every person is clear on his/her specific responsibilities. These roles may change with each project, but they do not have to. Each team needs to decide who will develop the team agenda and keep minutes (take notes, etc.) during team meetings. It may be a different person each time (please specify in your contract). In addition, you may want to designate who will type up the contract, team reflection, discussion board response to the class, compiling the final Student Participation Assessment form, and submitting those to the appropriate drop boxes, and who will be responsible for emailing the questions to the team and turning them in to the instructor, etc. (Please specify. It will be helpful to read over the Midterm Project Guidelines again to see what deliverables are due for the project, then assign roles based on those deliverables) It’s up to each team as to how you all decide to function. Whatever you all come up with, just be consistent and stick with it! IV. Establish Clear Goals Your team should develop: Concise descriptions of the goals or desired outcomes of your team (type them out here). They should be specific, measurable, attainable, relevant to the project, and should challenge the team. Decide when and how you will meet, and who will be responsible for scheduling meeting locations if you decide to meet face-2-face (may rotate individuals between meetings, it’s up to you all). Please list your tentative meeting days and times, as well as the format in which you plan to meet. V. Discuss Ethical Concerns/Issues
Each team should understand and analyze ethics and ethical concerns within the team process. Discuss personal values, morals and ethics Develop a list of values and ethical codes that your team will plan to abide by throughout the duration of this course. You all may use the NCA Credo for Ethical Communication as a guide (located at the end of your syllabus).